Crate Digging: The Influence of De Underground Records

Crate Digging: The Influence of De Underground Records

De Underground Records, Forest Gate

Crate Digging: The influence of De Underground Records part of Newham Heritage Month

De Underground Records was a pivotal and influential record shop and recording studio in the nineties. It was owned and run by DJ Randall, Mike de Underground and Uncle 22, pioneers of hardcore, jungle and drum ‘n bass music. The shop and studio became synonymous with this sound, they had many well-known releases and went on to influence a generation of musicians, producers and DJ’s in and around the area.

Whilst this location, shop and its owners were highly influential and entrepreneurial creatives, there is little of their history recorded to mark and remember their impact.

This project will seek to establish a public archive of oral histories, photographs, playlists and flyers to make this accessible to the public, and for it to be a starting point for others to use for research. This archive will be collected by Katherine Green from Rendezvous Projects with the support of the young people and volunteers in Newham. 

This heritage will be presented as a limited-edition free publication, location-based audio walk and a short video involving volunteers and the local community.

Newham Heritage Month takes place 1 to 31 May 2021. The festival will take place throughout May under the theme Shops, Docks and Factories with live participatory events and online activities taking place across the borough to showcase the rich and diverse heritage of Newham. Newham Heritage Month is organised by London Borough of Newham with support from National Lottery Heritage Fund and Royal Docks. See for more information.